The Labor Inspectorate registered 27 deaths in the country-based workforce in Norway in 2017. Thus, the number of occupational injuries falls at a historically low level.
Despite a slight increase from 25 occupational injuries in 2016 to 27 occupational injuries in 2017, the number is well below the average for the past six years. In the period 2012 to 2017, there are on average 36 occupational injuries per year. By 2017, there were a total of 26 accidents involving workers. One of the occupational accidents resulted in two deaths.
"I am pleased that the number of occupational injuries is still below the average in recent years. Nevertheless, 27 occupational injuries are 27 too much. Therefore, it is important that all the players in the workforce work even more and even better in preventing accidents, "says Trude Vollheim, Director of Labor Inspection.
When the Labor Inspectorate analyzes occupational accidents, we see that there have often been no adequate measures taken to safeguard safety. In many cases, risk assessments have not been made, the risk assessments have been inadequate, or the perpetrator has not received sufficient training.
"Most accidents in the workplace could have been avoided. Security must be created and recreated every single day, "says Vollheim.
Fewer foreigners died at work in 2017
Six of those killed in 2017 were foreign workers. This is the lowest registered number since 2013. The proportion of foreign workers is on the same level in 2017 as the average for the last six years.
In the period 2013-2016 we have seen an increase in the proportion of foreign workers among the perpetrators. By 2016 this proportion was 40 percent, that is, 10 of 25 deaths, while in 2017 22 percent of the foreigners were killed. The lower proportion in 2017 is due to the fact that the number of Norwegian workers as deaths increased somewhat compared with 2016, while the number of foreign workers as a perjury decreased.
"It is too early to say whether the decline in the proportion of foreign workers among the perpetrators from 2016 to 2017 is a sign that developments have reversed. There are small numbers, and changes from one year to another do not provide grounds for concluding. Then we must see a trend over several years. It is nevertheless positive to see that the number of foreign workers who lose their lives at work is significantly lower in 2017 compared to the previous years, says Trude Vollheim, Director of Labor Inspection.
Five of the six foreign workers who died in 2017 came from EU countries in eastern Europe, while one was a Swedish citizen. Three of the lost work in the construction industry, two in industry and one were employed in the business business service industry.